We had an amazing week at the clearing. We would probably have happily stayed forever, but the next caretakers might have been a bit put out when they got there.
Arriving in the evening when it was nice and quiet, one of the first things we noticed was the wildlife and this continued through our stay. From the bats over the lake (we had a bat detector, I’m not sure we’d get the batteries for this in the future) we think there are daubenton, noctule, serotine and pipistrelle, great crested grebes with 3 stripy babies each having boundary debates in front of the deck, the very noisy geese, the also very noisy rat under the floor (who we did see one day), deer up near the sheep field when we went out for a walk and tawny owls calling at night, lots more but you can see for yourself if you visit.
We also discovered the dome itself is quite noisy. I guess as it’s made of wood and metal they must warm up and cool down at different rates so it creaks as it cools down at night and as it warms up in the morning (I know how it feels). There was also a dead twig from the oak tree rubbing on the metal when the wind blew and making a horrible noise, so that was the first job on the first morning to trim that off.